Trader Joe’s Organic Jalapeño Limeade

Trader Joe's Organic Jalapeño Limeade

It would have been perfect last Friday, given that it was Cinco de Mayo, wouldn’t it?

Uh…maybe?

There are a few common misconceptions about Cinco de Mayo. I am open to any corrections. However, I hear it called “Mexican Independence Day”. Uh…nope. Although it’s a great idea, it seems to be American appropriation and a huge excuse to consume heavily. There is no disrespect for the true meaning of Cinco de Mayo.

You don’t have to be excused from drinking margaritas while eating tacos. Trader Joe’s Organic Jalape might go well with your margarita or taco.ño Limeade. 


TJ’s will give a +1 for the inability to label it Trader Jose’s. 


The drink is interesting. It’s interesting in an interesting way. It was admittedly a bit Mexican to my gringo self at first. I think it was because it had a lot of spice and a citrus lime twist. The limeade tasted almost exactly the same as the original – sweet limeade with a light bite that transitions smoothly to a spicy aftertaste thanks to the powdered Jalapeños. There are no. Of course, your mileage may vary. 

This is the essence – the jalapeño. It can either make or break the drink. It can make the drink less appealing to me. To determine how refreshing a drink is, I consider if I would drink it after doing some yard work on a hot day. This drink would probably score low with all that spice. However, I am willing to be wrong. 

This burn is almost seamless when accompanied by a bit of booze. There you have it. 

Sandy and I are at this point more or less indifferent. A Minute Maid jalape is apparently in the air.ño lemonade that she prefers. It’s likely that I will drink most of it, slowly but surely. It’ll be good for a while, though. Muchachos, there’s nothing else to add. Both of us get solid threes. 

Bottom line: Trader Joe’s Organic Jalapeño Limeade: 6 out of 10 Golden Spoons